PETALING JAYA: Outsourcing companies are hoping that the Government will allow them to register illegal foreign workers who don’t have employers under the rehiring programme.
The Malaysian Association of Suppliers and Employees Management of Foreign Workers (Tekam) said these workers could be classified as outsourced workers.
“This will not only increase the Government’s revenue from levies but also increase the chances of making the programme a success,” Tekam president Datuk Megat Fairouz Junaidi told a press conference on Monday.
The Home Ministry said on Saturday that the Illegal Immigrant Rehiring and Relocation programme, which ends on Dec 31, will allow foreigners working illegally in the country an opportunity to get valid permits and employers to meet labour demands.
However, it only covers workers from the five approved sectors - plantation, manufacturing, construction, agricultural and services.
Tekam legal committee member Param Muthusamy said that to make the programme a success, the Government should allow all illegal workers, regardless of sector, to be registered.
Workers from other sectors should be classified as outsourced workers, he said.
“The idea of the programme is to identify workers who are under the radar,” he added.
The outsourcing of foreign labour in the country has been frozen since 2010.
Under the programme, workers must have entered the country legally, be employed and not have a criminal record to qualify for the rehiring programme.
The Home Ministry estimates that there are almost two million illegal foreign workers in the country.
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